For the last ten years I have shopped at one store for just about every birthday, shower and Christmas gift that I have purchased. The gift shop at Maui Ocean Center (aquarium), now called Maui Ocean Treasures, is a 6,000 square foot store featuring an unbelievable assortment of ‘treasures’. There are the typical aquarium gifts: t-shirts, stuffed sharks, a wide assortment of logo-items, plus quality items that you would never expect in an attraction gift shop. There is fine jewelry, hand-blown glass, beautiful artwork, home and kitchen wares, and more. It would literally take hours to pursue all the sections at this store.
I went today to get gifts for a baby shower, a baby luau (first birthday party, a big deal here in Hawaii), and a birthday/care package for my family on the East Coast (sorry everyone to ruin the surprise!). I also figured I’d take a few pictures of some of the made on Maui items. First, let me just say that if I had taken pictures of each made on Maui item my phone would have run out of memory. Second, I have to say that I go to the shop fairly often, and each time I am pleasantly surprised by all the new items. Third, the store has filled the void recently left on Maui in two different genres- It has a wide variety of books and music, including a great children’s book section, which is awesome since the only book store on the island is all the way in Lahaina. The shop also has a great children’s/toy section, and since there is (currently) no baby stores on the island, this is a great place to buy toys, books, and the ever important kids beachwear (including the hard-to-find reusable swim diaper)!
Before we get into all the great made on Maui items I found at the aquarium today, here’s some important information to know beforehand : Admission to the store is complimentary, just check in at the Front Gate and let them know you are going to the store! Also, aquarium members get a 15% discount on all purchases at the store. And, while the aquarium doesn’t have an online store, if you see something you like, they’ll help you out over the phone or email, and can ship stuff all over the world! Maui Ocean Treasures has the same hours as the aquarium : 9am to 5pm, with hours extended until 6pm in July and August. Plus, its open every day of the year, including Christmas, for really last minute gifts…
Need A Bag to carry all your purchases home? How about a bag made from recycled kite sails, made by Sailbags Maui:
A beautiful display of ‘Sailbags Maui’ bags at the entrance – made from recycled kite surf kites!
Various Sizes of Sailbags Maui available
Gifts Galore, including foods, bath and body products, kitchen wares and pet gifts:
NUTS! No Ka Oi Nut Company’s nuts look good enough to eat!
Jams, Cookies, Coffees, Candies and more…. Made in Hawaii!
All kinds of lotions, soaps, sunscreens… made in Hawaii…
Find the perfect gift for your pet and your pet sitter!
Pottery, Plates, Perfect for Presents….
handPrinted in Hawaii dish towels
A great assortment of Hawaiiana, Environmental, Ocean-Related and more Books and DVDs, and lots and lots of Hawaiian music:
Books of all kinds….
Books on fish, sharks, etc.
Need a gift for a baby luau, baby shower, or kids birthday party?
A wide selection of baby and children’s gifts and toys.
Hard-to-find iplay hats, rash guards, sun suits and reusable swim diapers!
Children’s book with a fun reading area…
Or get a child’s name hand-painted in fun, tropical letters!
Hand-painted tropical letters by Mark!
A perfect, one of a kind gift for any child!
Do you want to contact Mark by Facebook and order your Name Art online? Click here for his new Facebook Page as of 2015 –
Gifts for someone you REALLY like (or if you’ve been VERY, VERY good this year…)
Hand-blown glass by master artist Rick Strini
Pandeia Watches – Follow your Inner Compass with this Compass Sundial Watch!
And if all that shopping makes you thirsty, don’t forget about the Roselani Ice Cream at the Reef Cafe, or the Maui Brewing Company beers at the Seascape Restaurant (all, of course, made on Maui).
What gift would you get?